MGM Springfield faces employee lawsuit over wages
Earning tips isn’t enough to justify a sub-base salary wage anymore
Shawn Connors, a dealer at the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit against his employer last Monday in US District Court for Massachusetts. Connors claims that the casino should be paying him more than $5 an hour based on the fact, even though he also earns tips, since that is below the established legal minimum wage. Benjamin Knox Steffans, Connor’s attorney, is attempting to convince the court to take this in as a class-action due to the estimation that there are over 100 other workers earning just about the same amount.
Under the law, those employees that earn tips aside from their regular pay on the job often get lower payment rates, but Connors states that the casino never informed him of such a small amount, as is required by the law. He has been working for MGM since last summer right before the facility opened, and in the filing, it’s not really said if Connors would’ve rejected the job if he knew about the hourly rate in a timely manner nor anywhere is it disclosed how much does Connor make in tips but he is still an employee there.
On MGM’s side, there hasn’t been a response yet. “Having just received this filing, we will investigate and respond accordingly,” stated the management at the casino. This lawsuit specifically does not claim for any damages, but he is requesting to be alleged with what he is entitled under the law, plus any interest, attorney fees or costs related to the filing. Steffans said that his client’s expectations are fair, and just like all other employees they should be paid in accordance with the federal wage and hour laws.